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September Newsletter

Supporting parents and carers during the back to school period

As parents and guardians of children at varying stages of the education system ourselves, the Liferaft team know how challenging this time can be. We also know that the challenge isn’t quite over even when the new term starts.   This is why we’re offering a 6-month FREE trial of the Liferaft Premium Account until 30th September.

Sign up before 30th September and you’ll qualify for a FREE 6-month trial of the full Liferaft Premium Account.  Start using it today to see how Liferaft could change your life and use code LRSCH6 when registering.

MyLiferaft - Caring Support Tool - Back To School

In last month’s newsletter, we talked about the build up to September, when families across the country are preparing for school, college or university.  From children transitioning from primary school to secondary, to having a hard time settling in to their new class, it can be a worrying time for parents.  And if a child under your care has Special Educational Needs (SEN) or a long-term condition, these worries can be intensified.

Understanding the support your child will be receiving at school is key, so make sure you can speak to their teacher or SENCO. Your child may also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to support their education, which will be reviewed regularly; it’s crucial that you are involved in this process too.

How can Liferaft help you and your child?

Liferaft is here to further support your and your loved one’s needs. Here’s how our application can help make the school routine a little easier:

  • Use the Liferaft Trackers to keep a record of food likes & dislikes so if you are not around, you can easily pass the information on if someone else is making up a packed lunch or inviting them to tea
  • Record and share any useful information you think will be helpful to your child’s teacher to facilitate with settling in during the 1st few weeks
  • Keep a track of your child’s mood over the initial weeks to monitor how they are settling in
  • Track their sleep patterns and adjust bed times if needed
  • Set up a reminder to select clothes and pack school bags for the following day
  • Use the goals section to help your child work towards greater independence

Take a look at our dedicated back to school section for more tips from the Liferaft team.

MyLiferaft - Caring Support Tool - Stop Bullying

Although a recent survey of over 2,500 people reveals that 47% of adults have experienced bullying at some point in their lives, it’s still considered an uncomfortable subject to talk about, especially with children.

The start of the new academic year is the ideal time to explore how you can help if a child under your care is a victim of bullying. Read our latest blog post for help and support to help you say no to bullying.

Have you any back to school tips of your own to share? Join our growing Liferaft community, full of support and advice to help make caring for your loved one’s easier. You can say hello on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check us out on Instagram.

Did you know?

Liferaft is the only all-in-one tool that combines information about health and social needs.  Some of the main features include:

  • About Me – input your information including: health status and needs, care needs, daily routines and preferences (likes/dislikes etc.)
  • Contacts – import all of your valuable contacts from your care circle, friends and family
  • Tracking – where everything from blood pressure to mood levels can be added and updated as often as you need
  • Journal – your own diary which can include pictures, which you can choose to share with family members and others
  • Reports – allow you to quickly print off, or directly and securely share information to keep carers updated on any changes in your health, care or social needs
  • Resources – a directory of organisations that may be able to provide support or advice to you, your family and other carers

How Liferaft helps parents

Debs Apsland is a Life Coach, SEN Advocate and Blogger who uses Liferaft to manage information and monitor the health of her three children. Here’s how Liferaft has helped her:

“The time it will free up for you and the stress it will remove from having to find that piece of paper or appointment letter is really helpful and, as a parent, it will give you some me time! And who doesn’t want some more time – even if it’s not for you (although it should be).  Having more time available is something we can all make use of.”

Learn how Liferaft is helping more parents and carers here.

Feedback or Questions

We love to receive your feedback on all aspects of your experience of using Liferaft, be it sign up, support material or use of the product. Even just to say hello, we’re a really friendly team!

August Newsletter

Taking pride in our health & social care communities

This month, there were 100-plus events over the Pride fortnight celebrating diversity in all its forms: from disabilities to relationships, from challenges to achievements.  There is an army of volunteers behind the scenes making this all happen, putting paid to those people who might still think ‘community spirit’ has become a thing of the past

MyLiferaft - Caring Support Tool - Difference

Liferaft is here to support individuals and communities of caregivers – all year round – by removing the burden of repetitive form-filling and making it easy for you to track, monitor and securely share your own information or manage the health, social and care needs of someone you care for.

Liferaft is a tool everyone can benefit from using.

Building the Liferaft application was just the start – building a community around it is something we are now focussed on, so why not LIKE our Facebook page, get reading our new blog or give us a shout on twitter and be part of the conversation.

Sign up today for a FREE 30-day trial of the full Liferaft Premium Account and start using it today to see how Liferaft could change your life.

Is your child moving starting Primary school?  Moving up to Secondary School?  Or on to further education?

MyLiferaft - Caring Support Tool - Back To School

If you’ve read the About Us section on the Liferaft website, you will see that several of our team are parents and like you, are spending the last few weeks of the precious summer holidays having their children’s feet measured for new school shoes, hunting down that elusive last piece of uniform and hurriedly filling pencil cases and rucksacks.

In the Liferaft team, our children are all at different stages within the education system, but we still sit over a cup of coffee having the same worries!

All these worries can be multiplied if your child has special educational needs (SEN) or a long-term condition.  As parents, we want to support them the best way we can, so if you think that our system could support you and your family, not only in starting or transitioning through school, but in managing other aspects of your life, then try Liferaft for FREE!

Did you know?

Liferaft is the only all-in-one tool that combines information about health and social needs.  Some of the main features include:

  • About Me – input your information including: health status and needs, care needs, daily routines and preferences (likes/dislikes etc.)
  • Contacts – import all of your valuable contacts from your care circle, friends and family
  • Tracking – where everything from blood pressure to mood levels can be added and updated as often as you need
  • Journal – your own diary which can include pictures, which you can choose to share with family members and others
  • Reports – allow you to quickly print off, or directly and securely share information to keep carers updated on any changes in your health, care or social needs
  • Resources – a directory of organisations that may be able to provide support or advice to you, your family and other carers

Feedback or Questions

We love to receive your feedback on all aspects of your experience of using Liferaft, be it sign up, support material or use of the product.  Even just to say ‘hello’, we’re a really friendly team!

 

Kuradocs announces Liferaft

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new online application, Liferaft, which is designed to be used by people living with disabilities and their carers.

Liferaft is a person-centred single system that supports integrated care by providing carers, GPs, nurses, schools and physiotherapists with a single source of information, which is managed by the person being cared for, or by their carer.

Liferaft helps to ease the administrative burden that comes with managing complex medical conditions. The online solution brings together health, medical, emotional and social care information in a secure online platform, so that up to date information is available to everyone in the care circle. Liferaft supports both the person being cared for and, crucially, the carer, by providing a single source of information on the needs, preferences and goals of individuals.

Kuradocs founder, Nicola Murgatroyd, wanted to develop Liferaft after caring for her daughter, who was born with spina bifida. After struggling with the volume of paperwork required to stay on top of appointments and keep everyone informed about her daughter’s needs, Nicola wanted to save other carers the time and pain of having to repeat information whenever new professionals are introduced to the care circle.

It can be used to record not only health and medical data, but also social, emotional and support care information and is particularly useful when arranging respite care, or completing lengthy forms.

Liferaft features include:

About Me – input your information including: health status and needs, care needs, daily routines and preferences, likes/dislikes and information about school and education
Contacts – import all your valuable contacts from your care circle, friends and family
Calendar – useful for staying on top of appointments and also family events that you’re looking forward to attending
Tracking – where everything from blood pressure to mood levels can be added and updated
Goals – record your achievements: this information can also be securely shared with your care circle
Journal – your own diary which can include pictures of activities undertaken, to share with family members and others in the care circle if you choose to do so
Reports – a unique feature that allows you to quickly print off, or directly and securely share information to keep carers updated on any changes in your health, such as a pressure sore that needs to be treated carefully
Resources – this links to a directory of other organisations that may be able to provide support or advice to you, your family and other carers
Events – a list of links to events that might be of interest to you

Liferaft has been designed to be a ‘living document’ that follows and supports the individual requiring care throughout his or her life. It is particularly valuable for informing professional carers about your life, personality, preferences, achievements and goals if you need respite care or are moving from home care to supported living or a care home.

How can you get your own Liferaft? Click on www.myLiferaft.com and follow the easy instructions. If you have any questions, we’re here to help.

Liferaft supports London2Bruges charity cycle ride

UPDATE

Congratulations to our very own Sabina and the team for completing the gruelling London2Bruges cycle ride over the weekend! It was a tough journey by all accounts, but everyone made it there and back, albeit not in one piece!

On Friday May 19th a number of parents (including Liferaft very own Sabina Mangosi), relatives and friends of Kew Riverside Primary School in Surrey are taking part in a 255km (in 36hrs or less!) cycle ride challenge from Kew to Bruges to raise funds for the development and improvement of the school field.

The money raised will go towards creating and maintaining sustainable vegetable and fruit plots, providing Forest School education, sourcing gardening supplies and building an adventure playground for the children.

Liferaft is very proud to support this wonderful initiative and salutes the time and investment all the riders have made to take part: the majority of the cyclists were total novices as of January 2017 and have committed time, energy and quite a lot of hours on two wheels already to ensure they are ‘challenge ready’!

We will be tracking their progress over the 36-hour journey and wishing them well as they tackle the road ahead and raise funds for the school.

Follow us on Twitter @kuradocs to read the latest news!

Liferaft empowers families and individuals to organise, track and share health, care and well-being information about loved ones and those that you care for.

To find out more and to see if Liferaft can help you, visit www.kuradocs/com

Liferaft Spring Newsletter

May sees the United Nations’ International Day of Families: an international celebration of caregivers. This year the focus is on assisting parents in their educational and caregiving roles, through good work/life balance.

At Liferaft our mission is to support all caregivers all year round by removing the burden of repetitive form-filling.

In recognition of this, we have improved our own portal to make it even easier to use. Now you don’t need to enter payment details to access your free trial and we’ve added an easy registration button. Give it a go now:

Register Now

Celebrating Awesome Parents

Continuing on the theme of celebrating caregivers, we are proud to announce that Liferaft is sponsoring the Bloody Awesome Parents Awards taking place in Birmingham on Thursday 18th May. We will be giving away a year’s subscription to one lucky winner on the night, so don’t forget to come and say hello.

Don’t lose out on your Free Premium Account

If you’ve already taken advantage of the 6 months full access to Liferaft, don’t forget that the Free Premium Account expires in May. Why not log in now to see how much time Liferaft can save you. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your password, just use the password reset link on the log in screen.

Liferaft Meet and Greet

While we do everything we can to make your life easier using online tools, we still love getting out to meet our community members face to face. We’ll be on the road on these dates in June:

We’ll have some exciting news to share at these events, so do come and say hello if you’re there.

The Liferaft Family

Whether you are being cared for yourself; you’re a parent caring for a child with additional needs; you’re caring for a parent with a long-term condition, or you’re looking after your spouse, Liferaft is designed to make life easier for everyone.
In recognition of all the members of our community who are caring, or being cared for by a loved one, here are some of the groups that we’re showing our support for during May:

Stay tuned

We have some really exciting news coming up in June, so stay tuned for the next newsletter.

Stay in touch

Do let us know how you’re getting on with the Liferaft portal. We love receiving your emails and take on board your comments as they help us to make the portal better for everyone. Here’s how you can stay in touch:

Until next time,
Clare and the Liferaft Team

Liferaft Easter News

Spring is in the air with last weekends’ clock change and the Liferaft team are looking forward to the imminent arrival of the Easter Bunny!

We are busy doing a spring clean and have some exciting news; News Release coming soon!

Not taken advantage of your upgrade to a Free Premium Account?

We upgraded all users with a Free account to a Free Premium Account earlier in the year giving you 6 months full access to Liferaft.  The Free Premium Account expires in May so why not log in and see how Liferaft can work for you. If you’ve forgotten your password, use the password reset link on the log in screen.

School holidays

Holidays again! If you are looking for ideas on how to keep your children (or grandchildren!) active over the holidays and help them work off those sugar-rushes from too many Easter eggs, then you will find our Resources section is packed with suggestions on where to go, what to visit and if it’s a rainy day, some indoor activities.

Liferaft Out and About

Once again, we have been out on the road visiting different organisations and showing them how Liferaft could make a difference.  Thank you to everyone that we shared a cup of tea with!

  • The Epilepsy Society: Chalfont St Peter
  • Scope: York
  • Chiltern Woods School

Personal Independent Plans (PIPs)

With the changes announced by the Government recently concerning PIPS and the ongoing stories appearing in the news, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.  Click here to go through to the Government website to get all the up-to-date information.

Support a cause this month

Liferaft is for everyone, whether young or old and whether you are caring for someone or if you are being cared for.  It is difficult to support so many different charities, organisations and events, however the team here try to raise awareness of as many different causes as we can.  Over the coming few weeks, here are just a few that may affect you or someone you know:

  • 30th March – World Bipolar Day
  • 31st March – Wear a Hat Day
  • 01st April – Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
  • 02nd April – World Autism Awareness Day
  • 10th April – Parkinsons Awareness Week
  • 17th April – World Haemophilia Day

Get in touch

Many of you have already sent us valuable feedback – please keep it coming as your voice really does make a difference. Contact us via:

Regards,
Clare and the Liferaft Team

February Newsletter 2017

We know it’s February, but as this is the first Liferaft Newsletter of 2017…..Happy New Year! For those of you who are still sticking to any New Year resolutions, we salute you! It is a mixed bag from the team here, however it has to be said that there is less chocolate in the office at the moment!

If you are finding keeping track of your resolutions or goals difficult or time consuming, Liferaft has two specific sections that could help you:

Goals – here you can note down the goals you want to achieve, what you need to do and any support you need to achieve them and you can keep track of progress.

Trackers – this section allows you to easily keep track of daily progress for instance; changes in sleep, mood, weight, steps walked etc.

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Season’s greetings

It’s that time of year when many of us are writing ‘To Do’ lists, getting stuck with sticky tape and wondering if there is such a thing as too much tinsel! We have to admit that the Liferaft team have already raided the Christmas chocolate and in true Bake-Off style, the mince pies are coming thick and fast!

It has been an amazing year for Liferaft and we want to send a big THANK YOU to everyone for being part of it.

Earlier this year the team were thrilled to support the Paralympic Parade of Light in Aylesbury; we have also met some great and inspirational contacts at the various exhibitions we attended throughout year.

Can it be true? Disability Living Allowance form at the push of a button?

We’ve listened to you telling us about , the volume of information you need to collate, the high levels of stress and the length of time that completing a Disability Living Allowance Form can have. To help make completion of the form less stressful and quicker, you can now auto-populate fields on the Disability Living Allowance Form with the unique details you store in your Liferaft account.

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Newsletter 23 November 2016: Offer, DLA, and updates to the system

The team are thrilled to announce that new benefits to Liferaft users are now live.

We’ve taken on board comments and feedback from our users to help us shape this new generation of changes that we believe will bring you and your family even more benefits. Thank you to everyone who took the time to contact us.

Promotional Offer

To celebrate these new benefits, we are offering new users a Premium Account for £7 per calendar month for 12 months instead of the normal £10.  This offer is for all new Premium Accounts created on or before 31st January 2017.  Use the special promotional code KURADOCS7 when creating your account. Create your account.

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Newsletter Autumn 2016

Welcome to the Autumn edition of the Liferaft newsletter. There is definitely a chill in the air, the nights are drawing in and the team here have swapped their sunhats for woolly hats in anticipation of those cold days!

Liferaft is the inspiration of Nicola Murgatroyd, whose own experience of looking after a daughter with complex needs highlighted the challenges faced by parents in caring roles. We put some questions to Nicola on her inspiration for the development of Liferaft. You can read her responses here.

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